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Politics
4:39 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Proposal to Allow Concealed Weapons In House Chamber Clears Committee

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Concealed weapons would again be allowed in and around the N.H. house chamber under a policy endorsed Thursday by the House rules committee.

Goffstown republican John Burt sponsored the change, which would restore polices in effect at the N.H. House from 2011 to 2013.

"When you have a gun free zone it’s a false sense of security. It really is, you know some people might feel good and say we are safe in there. We are really not."

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

O'Brien Backers Say He Should Be House GOP Leader

Bill O'Brien Speaks to GOP Reps at Unofficial Caucus
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Republicans loyal to former House Speaker Bill O’Brien say they won't recognize the Majority Leader named by House Speak Shawn Jasper.

About 100 House Republicans met behind closed doors to discuss how to make Bill O’Brien the official leader of the Republican caucus.

According to Bill O’Brien the goal is to ensure the House hews to a conservative agenda.

Under state GOP rules, O’Brien  is the Republican leader because he was the Republican Caucus's nominee for Speaker.

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Politics
6:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Jasper Set To Announce N.H. House Committee Chairs

Speaker Sean Jasper
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Newly elected New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper is planning to announce committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session.

Jasper, a Republican who won the speakership largely with support from Democrats, has promised to appoint only Republicans to serve as chairs and vice chairs. He will announce his appointments Thursday. The House has 21 committees, ranging from criminal justice and public safety to health, human services and elderly affairs.

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Politics
3:42 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Multiple Votes, Procedural Fights Result In N.H. House Speaker Upset

Shawn Jasper, newly elected Speaker of the N.H. House
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

It took multiple votes and more than 7 hours, but the NH House did choose a new speaker Wednesday – Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper.

Support from Democrats lifted Jasper to an upset win over former Speaker Bill O’Brien, who Republicans nominated to lead the House last month.  

The first sign that yesterday might not end well for Bill O’Brien, came early, when Republicans tried to alter the proposed rules for electing a Speaker.

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Politics
8:24 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Statehouse Orientation Underway For Newly Elected State Reps

The N.H. Statehouse dome behind a statue of Daniel Webster
Credit NHPR Staff

School's now in session for New Hampshire's newly elected state representatives, who are spending two days touring the State House and learning the ropes of legislative procedure.

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Health
3:58 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question

Senators Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) and Lou D'Allesandro (D-Manchester) during a legislative meeting on Wednesday.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The first public meeting between House and Senate negotiators working to fix the state’s Medicaid enhancement tax lasted all of 20 minutes, but parties are optimistic a deal can be struck.

Representative Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, used the hearing to reiterate the House’s position that despite court rulings declaring the tax unlawful, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will see otherwise.

“We continue to believe that our Medicaid enhancement tax is constitutional,” Rosenwald told colleagues. She says it adheres to both federal and state law.

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Newscast
3:23 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

N.H. House Tries Again For Death Penalty Repeal, Loses Senate Supporter

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

New Hampshire's House has twice passed legislation to repeal the death penalty with the governor's blessing, but the second attempt has cost them a key supporter in the Senate.   Republican Sen. Bob Odell, who voted for repeal, said Friday that he won't vote to take up the issue again.  The first bill stalled in the Senate on a 12-12 vote last month, but supporters may have overplayed their hand by sending a second bill to the Senate for a vote Thursday. The Senate has the option of passing the amended bill, killing it or asking the House to compromise.

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Newscast
1:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

N.H. House Committees To Hold Hearing On Raising Gas Tax

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The House highways and tax committees are holding a joint hearing next week on a proposal to raise the tax on gas and diesel by 4 cents.  The hearing will be held Tuesday.   The Senate-passed bill would provide more money over the next two years for highway improvements, then take some of the tax proceeds to pay off $200 million in borrowing toward completion of the I-93 project. Once the debt is paid off in roughly 20 years, the tax hike would expire. The bill would also eliminate the Exit 12 ramp toll booths in Merrimack.

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NH News
1:28 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

N.H. House Votes To Expand Medicaid

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The New Hampshire House has voted 202-132 to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 50,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act.  

The move comes after more than a year of debate, and while the vote in the Democratically-controlled chamber wasn’t a surprise, Republicans weren’t exactly ready to concede the point.

They put forward nine amendments on issues ranging from delaying the start date to capping enrollees, all of which failed.

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NH News
4:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

House Kills Under-18 Tanning Ban

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The bill was endorsed by its house committee as a way to protect the minors from skin damage that could contribute to cancer, but on the house floor it provoked a heated debate over parental rights and the proper role of government.  Steve Vaillancourt is a Republican from Manchester.

"A young women if this bill passes can get an abortion, but not a tan, an abortion would be legal but a tan would not, think of it."

Moments later the House voted 175-154 to both kill the bill and bar the issue from coming up again this year.

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NH News
8:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

N.H. House Considers In-State Tuition For Some Undocumented Residents

College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill that would require the students to be a graduate of a high school in the state or to have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate to be eligible for the in-state rate.

They would have to have had to attend a state high school for three years before graduating or receiving an equivalency certificate and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.

NH News
7:14 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

N.H. House Votes In Favor Of Legalizing Marijuana, Bill Goes To Ways & Means

House members gather for roll call vote to kill the bill. That vote passed but was later overturned.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

After hours of debate and despite a promised veto from Governor Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire House voted in favor of a bill to legalize marijuana 170 to 162 Wednesday night.


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NH News
2:01 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

N.H. House Rejects License Plate Scanner Bill

The House not only rejected allowing police to use license plate scanners, it then took the extra step of voting 214-135 to forbid that the issue be revisited in any form this year.

While supporters argued that plates information would be retained in the scanners for just 3 minutes, and might help solve crimes, critics like Manchester Democrat Joel Winters argued they erode privacy and embolden police to improperly conduct surveillance on the innocent.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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Business and Economy
4:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House

The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.  A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.  This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at $8.25 an hour

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